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Put quite simply the Azores are stunning

Put quite simply the Azores are stunning. Only a three and a half hour flight from the UK the nine islands that rise from the middle of the Atlantic are bathed in the warmth of the Gulf Stream and so have good weather all year around. The

Notes from the field – Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay Trip

In this edition of ‘Notes from the field’, our Latin-America expert Will went on an inspiring trip through Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and shares his experience with us. Visits to these regions are often combined as they are all close together with Argentina to the west, Brazil

Teatime in the Azores, in Europe’s only tea factory

Sitting as they do in the mid-Atlantic, the climate of the Azores is quite distinct from that of continental Europe. It should come as no surprise therefore that some things which can’t grow on the mainland are able to flourish on these fertile islands. Tea is one of

Volcano Walks in the Azores

  The Azores have for many years been a popular destination for walking holidays, but the islands’ network of hiking trails boast one feature which few other places can match. Many of the walks on these mid-Atlantic islands pass around, or even through, some of the once-active volcanoes

Exploring the magic of Sete Cidades on Sao Miguel in the Azores

The island of Sao Miguel is the largest of the nine which make up the Azores archipelago. Look at a map of Sao Miguel and you’ll see two mountain ranges in the west and the east of the island; when lava from volcanic eruptions first peaked above the

An Introduction to Terceira

Although its name literally means ‘third’, Terceira is the Azores’ second island, at least in terms of population. It derived its rather mundane name from the fact that it was the third island discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, despite originally being named the Island

Far from the madding crowds (and then some)

Heidi Fuller-love enjoys a two-centre holiday in the Azores Ponta Delgada’s airport is a tiny white dot in an angry froth of sea when we veer out of the clouds and land on a windswept strip of tarmac. Stepping from the plane we stare around us at

A three-island holiday in the Azores: Sao Miguel – Terceira – Sao Jorge

The Azores archipelago is made up of 9 Islands: Corvo, Flores, Faial, Pico, Graciosa, Santa Maria, Terceira, Sao Jorge and the largest of Sao Miguel, formed by the clashing of three tectonic plates in the middle of the Atlantic. Each of these islands is unique and beautiful

Take a hike: 5 great places to go for a walking holiday

Walking holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years. The chance to experience a country at a gentle pace and to have the opportunity for a natural interaction with local people are just two reasons why so many people choose to spend a big chunk of their

Ponta Delgada – the heart of the Azores

It’s hardly the big smoke, but Ponta Delgada is as metropolitan as it gets in the mid-Atlantic. The largest city in the Azores and the main settlement on the island of Sao Miguel, Ponta Delgada has a population of around 65,000 and most people find themselves spending